Trek Duration: 07 Nights / 08 Days ( EX DELHI)
Trip Style: Active Adventure
Trekking Level: 3-moderateThese treks involve half day walks, usually 3-6 hours over rugged terrain with regular ascents and descents. The maximum atlitude is 3500 m, so previous hill –walking experience and preparation would be beneficial.
Highest Alt: 4390 m
Area: Garhwal , Uttarakhand
Trip Dates : 2014 dates will be out soon
This U-shaped alpine valley, formed by retreating glaciers, remains snow-covered from November to May. When the ice thaws in June, the valley is rich with herbs, medicinal and flowering plants, which burst into a profusion of colour in July and August. The Valley got publicized as the Valley of Flowers when Frank S, Smith – mountaineer, explorer, and botanist camped here for several weeks in the monsoon of 1937 and wrote a book, The Valley of Flowers
The Valley of Flowers (recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Site) has been a unique example of a community driven initiative for restoration and conservation of the regions ecology.
F2B Eco –tour to Valley of Flowers include a big attraction for trekkers – the sacred Sikh shrine of Hem Kund Sahib, situated by the banks of a high altitude lake at 4200 m. This climb to the Sikh shrine is a steep one but one is well rewarded on reaching the lake. The trek comes to a perfect finish with a visit to Badrinath, one of the four pious Himalayan shrines.
Highlights & Itinerary
- The two holy towns of the Hindu’s- centres of ‘ Vedic’ learning and Yoga & Meditation.
- The valley ranges from 3658 – 3962 mts, offering spectacular views of meadows replete with nearly 300 species of alpine flora.
- Brahmakamal, Cobra Lilly & Blue Poppy- beautiful flowers found in the region
- View of Ratban Parvat & Nar Parvat mountains forming a great backdrop to the valley
- Driving through the Alaknanda valley.
- Visit Mana village, which is the last village on Indian side before China border starts.
- Ancient Temple of Badrinath with hot sulphur water pools .
Day 01: Delhi – Rishikesh (Drive 225 km)
Drive to Rishikesh via Haridwar which takes about 5-6 hrs.
RISHIKESH is the Gateway to Grawhal Himalayas. The city is full of Temples & Yoga Institute & Ashrams.
Arrive Rishikesh and check into hotel. Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Rishikesh.
Visit Lakshman Jhoola (a suspension bridge across the Ganges for the ancient route to the holy shrines of Badrinath & Kedarnath), Witness the Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat / Geeta Bhawan Ghat. Overnight stay in hotel.
Day 02: Rishikesh – Joshimath (Drive 290 km)
Morning, after breakfast, drive to reach Joshimath (1890 mt), which is the winter abode of Lord Badrinath. Arrive Joshimath by evening. Check-in at a hotel/camp on arrival. Dinner and Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 03: Joshimath – Govindghat – Ghangaria (Drive 25 km / Trek 14 km)
Morning, after an early breakfast drive to reach Govindghat (1828 mt).
Start trekking to reach Ghangaria (3048 mt). Ghangaria is the base camp for the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. Dinner and overnight stay in the camp / tourist bungalows.
Day 04: Ghangaria : Excursion to Valley of Flowers (Trek 4+4 km)
Morning, after breakfast, start trekking to reach the famous Valley of Flowers, the whole valley is dotted with variety of exotic Himalayan flowers and other flora. Return to Ghangaria by afternoon.
Evening at Leisure.
Overnight in the camp / tourist bungalows.
Day 05: Ghangaria : Excursion to Hemkund Sahib (Trek 5+5 km)
Morning, after early breakfast, start trekking to reach Hemkund Sahib (4329 mt), one of the Holiest pilgrimage for the Sikhs. Snow covered mountains and peaks make the back-drop for `The Hemkund Lake’. While trekking, place the “sign boards” along the route.
Return to Ghangaria.
Overnight in camp / tourist bungalows.
Day 06: Ghangaria – Govindghat – Badrinath (Trek 14 km / Drive 30 km)
Morning,after breakfast, start return trek to reach Govindghat.
Arrive Govindghat and board the awaiting vehicle to be driven to Badrinath. (a Holy place for the Hindu’s, dedicated to `LORD VISHNU’). On arrival check-into Hotel.
In the Evening visit the Temple OR drive to Mana village (05 km drive) and visit Bhimpul and Vyas Gufa.
Dinner and Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 07: Badrinath – Rudraprayag ( Drive 160 km)
Morning after breakfast, drive back to Rudraprayag. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Day 08: Rudraprayag – Rishikesh – Delhi ( Drive 155 km / Train: dep: 1815 hr / arr: 2230 hr )
Morning after breakfast drive back to Haridwar railways station to catch the train back to Delhi.
Met on arrival by a car to be driven to your desired destination in Delhi.
July to End Aug are eye catching months with blooming flowers, but it’s also the monsoon period. There may be long delays due to land slide, rains, and an occasional leech or two sticking to you, cannot be totally ruled out.
Please have patience and the ability to deal with the elements. Only then will you be able to enjoy this trip.
Since it’s a monsoon trek, we might encounter rains during the trek and travelling. Post June 15 it could rain anytime and for any duration. In the higher mountains it normally drizzles and doesn’t pour the way it does in the plains. You will have lot of mist. The atmosphere will be temperate and is a good season for viewing the beauty flowers. It will be moderately cold with dampness in the air. The temperatures vary from 10 to 24 Degree
Most people in reasonably good health should not have any problems with most of the activities through the tour. But good conditioning will allow you to enjoy the walks at high altitude without being totally fatigued. We will be trekking for around 4-5 hours a day (on an average), where you’ll just be carrying your small day pack having necessary things.
Past experience in trekking: Useful but not essential !
LODGING & TOILETS
Rishikesh : Clean , comfortable hotel overlooking the Ganges . Rooms will have Air Conditioners
Joshimath: Stay in Campsite in Swiss cottage tents with attached baths.
Ghangaria: Stay in basic but clean fixed campsite with attached bath. Separate Dining tent.
Badrinath: Deluxe hotel close to the Shrine.
Rudraprayag: Deluxe hotel overlooking Alaknanda river. Rooms will have Air conditioners .
DELAY & UNEXPECTED HINDRANCE
Delays are expected on account of roadblock & weather conditions. Our effort will be to continue with the trip as per the schedule & make you as comfortable as possible. But in such situations we may have to compromise on the campsite / hotels & adjust to these situations then & there.
MEDICAL & FIRST AID
This tour goes into the Garhwal region of Uttrakhand, where government hospitals are available everywhere. But while on the trek very basic professional medical help may be available. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in good health and physically & mentally fit to join the trip.
The tour leader, though not qualified medically, is competent to give first-aid if and when required. In case you have an existing medical condition or disability you must inform us before making a booking with us.
- Please get back all your non‐biodegradable waste like plastic etc.and deposit it in your own Hotel or at a plastic storage centre.
- While you trek, crush water bottles and used wrappers. Collect them in your rucksack or any bag and bring them back to your place of stay or at the plastic collection center.
- Don’t litter the mountains while travelling.
- Don’t leave any eatables along the road side for wild animals.
- Make sure that utensils are not washed in the stream but through collecting water in a bucket or a jerry can.
- Don’t spit in water stream while brushing.
- Don’t wash your clothes in water springs or streams.
- Don’t defecate or urinate near river banks and spring beds.
- Don’t dispose off one time used rain coats, chappals and shoes in the valley or mountain slopes. Collect them and dispose off in plastic collection centers.
This effort of your shall be a big contribution in keeping the Byundhar Valley clean and protected. You can definitely help in conserving the Environment!
You can do it!
Eco Development Committee (EDC) of local people of village Bhyundhar and Govindghat undertook an exercise to assess the garbage and causative factors. An operation was launched with the support of EDC and local people to clean up the 19 km trek to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. This effort by EDC is still continuing and they are doing a great job of preserving the fragile ecosystem of the Bhyundar valley. In last two years 84 tons of garbage has been removed without spending government fund.
This trip is exclusively for Women only.
Dates for 2014 will be out soon.